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The library’s educational series continues this month with two upcoming lectures

By San Juan Capistrano Library Staff and the Friends of the Library

The San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, with the support of the Friends of the Library, offers a wonderful schedule of programs and story times throughout the year, serving visitors of all ages. Included on this month’s list of events are a couple of special lectures that are highlighted below.

As part of an ongoing educational series, the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Effective Communication Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. This class will focus on how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease and will share strategies on how to connect and communicate effectively with them. The event is free to the public and registration is recommended. To register by phone, call 800.272.3900 or send an email to

The following weekend, all are invited to attend “Researching Your Hispanic Ancestors,” a genealogy program presented by Letty Rodella. A retired educator, Rodella is president of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) and has a passion for genealogy. She will share from her extensive knowledge on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Rodella will explain basic steps in searching Hispanic archives, which go back as far as the 1500s, and will offer tips, resources and suggestions to attendees for researching their own family histories. This program is also free to the public.

The San Juan library staff not only work diligently to put these programs together, they answer questions and assist patrons in any way they can. Their compassion and generous service help to make our community that much better. And in the spirit of the season, readers are encouraged to stop by the library, say hello and thank the staff for all they do.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, please note that the library will be closing early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. For more information about hours, location and library events, please visit

The “Branching Out” column is a collaboration between San Juan Capistrano Library staff and the Friends of the Library, a nonprofit that supports the library and its programs by raising funds through its on-site bookstore and special events. For more information on the library, visit or follow @SJCFriends on Facebook.

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